Breast Lift (Mastopexy)


As we get older, breasts can start to droop or sag due to the relaxation of ligaments, after-effects of pregnancy and childbirth, significant weight loss, and the ageing process.

A breast uplift helps correct droopy or sagging breasts, reshaping the breast mound, raising the nipple, and tightening the skin for fuller-looking breasts with a youthful, firm and more uplifted appearance. An uplift procedure can be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation for more voluminous, correctly positioned breasts.  Should you wish to explore complementary procedures, please discuss with Dr Page at your consultation.

Surgery takes between 2 – 3 hours,  and is performed in a fully accredited hospital under a general anaesthetic. The incision pattern and procedure, combined with other cosmetic procedures, depends on your individual case and goals. Primary incisions may be circular (following the outline of the areola around the nipple or around the outside of the areola) and vertically downwards towards the breast crease. For larger heavy breasts, further incisions are made at the side of each breast to remove excess skin and fatty tissue.

The scarring pattern is dictated by the extent of sagging and the quality of your skin. Breast lift scars can vary. There may be a combination of scars in very droopy breasts that include one around the areola, horizontal scar in the breast fold, and vertical scar linking the two, resulting in a discreet anchor-shaped mark. Over time, scarring will fade until it is barely visible.

If you undergo more than one breast procedure, you may require overnight observation.  Once you have returned home, rest is needed for 2 – 6 weeks, depending on your age and general fitness. We recommend avoiding strenuous activity for at least six weeks. Swelling should subside within a few weeks, and a support bra without under-wire should be worn during this time. Your final long-lasting result will be apparent after four to six months.